Canadian Universities Place in 2021 Impact Ranking

Canadians take pride in our higher education systems.

The Impact Ranking for 2021 was released in April, and below are the five Canadian universities in the top 40.

WHAT IS TIMES’ IMPACT RANKING?

Times Higher Education is known for its popular charts that rank universities worldwide, along with QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities.

However, besides academic standards, Times Higher Education also considers human and social factors of global intellectual institutions. The website’s Impact Ranking is the only list globally that evaluates universities by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) standards. The rankings would reflect part of each academy’s effort in assessing 17 problems, such as poverty, hunger, well-being and inequality.

#39: UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL

Placed #39 in the 2021 Impact Ranking, by the 17 SDGs standards, this Canadian university scores highest in:

  • Partnership for the goals: 91.1 points
    (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development)
  • Good health and well-being: 87.1 points
    (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages)
Biology Research Institute, University of Montreal, Bohao Zhao
Biology Research Institute, University of Montreal, Bohao Zhao

Situated in Montreal, the academy is among the top research institutions in the world with a vision that expands internationally. It consists of two affiliated schools in Engineering, Business; 13 faculties, and more than 650 undergraduate courses.

As one in the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities (commonly known as U15), this institution has not only created many renowned laboratories but also gained more than $500 million in research funding annually. Moreover, it has a reputation for its multi-cultural environment where one fourth of its students come from abroad.

The late Canadian prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, nobel-winning Roger Guillemin, and many more accomplished individuals were graduates from University of Montreal.

#34: UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Placed #34 in the 2021 Impact Ranking, by the 17 SDGs standards, University of Toronto scores highest in:

  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: 100 points
    (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation)
  • Partnership for the goals: 93.5 points
    (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development)
University of Toronto, BeautifulWaters
University of Toronto, BeautifulWaters

University of Toronto has a long history of development since it was established in 1827 and is now one of the leading universities in worldwide standard. Situated in the heart of Toronto, it is a symbol of talent and inclusion and a harbor for innovative notions. From this Canadian university, various ideas have come to shape the world. For example, the discovery of insulin, stem cells, and the concept of the medium is the message.

Alumni from this school have won 10 Nobel awards and become prominent figures, such as Canadian prime ministers (Arthur Meighen, Lester B. Pearson, Paul Martin) or famous writers (Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood).

#14: MCMASTER UNIVERSITY

Placed #14 in the 2021 Impact Ranking, by the 17 SDGs standards, McMaster University scores highest in:

  • Partnership for the goals: 95 points
    (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development)
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: 94.4 points
    (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation)
McMaster University campus, Jokehoe
McMaster University campus, Jokehoe

Developing the potential in each student has been the commitment of McMaster University ever since 1887, when it was founded. Located in Hamilton, Ontario, McMaster University is one of Canada’s only four higher education academies frequently ranked in the top 100 of the world. It is well demonstrated in its exceptional approaches to instructing, studying and interdisciplinary research.

The students are offered courses in medicine, engineering, business, as well as humanities, and both social and natural sciences. McMaster University’s highly regarded reputation is backed by three Nobel Prizes, as well as leaders in various industries, such as Douglas L. Coleman, Croatian 11th Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković, former president and CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop.

#13: UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Placed #13 in the 2021 Impact Ranking, by the 17 SDGs standards, University of British Columbia (UBC) scores highest in:

  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: 100 points
    (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation)
  • Sustainable cities and communities: 90.3 points

(Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable)

Vancouver School of Theology, University of British Columbia, Leoboudv
Vancouver School of Theology, University of British Columbia, Leoboudv

This Vancouver-based university was founded in 1908 and is regarded as a higher education institution with excellent quality. UBC focuses on equipping students with knowledge about technology and the most up-to-date research trends that empower them to contribute and participate in the chosen field.

Initially providing programs about medicine, theology, and law, the university has expanded its catalog to around 500 Bachelor and Master’s degrees over the years, including business and technology management, IT and applied technology, liberal arts and sciences, and linguistics and translation.

UBC has won various Nobel Prizes with more than 200 alumni working in the Royal Society of Canada.

#5: QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY

Placed #5 in the 2021 Impact Ranking, by the 17 SDGs standards, Queen’s University scores highest in:

  • Peace, Justice and strong institutions: 90.3 points
    (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels)
  • No poverty: 90.1 points
    (End poverty in all its forms everywhere)
Douglas Library, Queen’s University
Douglas Library, Queen’s University, everettjsj2

“Queen’s is a university for the future,” reads the slogan of the Ontarian university with unmatched scholarly and research accomplishment. It is devoted to the vision where a society of inclusion, diversity and sustainability is a reality.

The Queen’s University seeks to solve the world’s most significant and urgent challenges, with leading-edge research in cancer, mental health, social sciences, as well as studies in the field of physics, geoengineering, data analytics, and surveillance. Its campus includes robotic labs, research centres, innovation hub, art collections and galleries for students to have the most well-rounded experience.

Above are Canadian universities that appeared in the 2021 Impact Ranking. If you are planning your education pathway in this country, do not hesitate to look at these schools. Besides high-quality academic programs, Canadian universities offer various activities for international students.

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